Efforts under way to preserve and restore Hyrum’s Elite Hall

There have been times when the old Elite Hall in Hyrum was almost torn down but now a survey shows it is in good structural condition and there are plans to restore the historic dance hall in downtown Hyrum.

On KVNU’s For the People program Monday, Jami Van Huss, director of the Hyrum Musuem and member of the city’s Historic Preservation Committee, said a lot of people are excited about restoring the building which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Many people remember great memories of dances, balls, sporting events all kinds of things at Elite Hall,” said Van Huss. “Hyrum was a real destination.

“People would come to dance on that spring floor, for those of you who have done that know what I’m talking about. We want to create a destination again. We want to have a nice community center here in Hyrum.”

Van Huss says the restoration project will not be inexpensive but she feels the community will come through with donations and supporting fundraisers. She said Elite Hall is on the same block as the Hyrum Square, the museum, the library and city offices so it will add to the creation of a real cultural center.

The building was constructed in 1917 and although it will have to be brought up to seismic standards it did survive the earthquake of the 1960s.

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